Manuela Boatcă

is Professor of Sociology and Head of School of the Global Studies Programme at the University of Freiburg, Germany. She has published widely on world-systems analysis, decolonial perspectives on global inequalities, gender and citizenship in modernity/coloniality, and the geopolitics of knowledge in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She is author of Global Inequalities beyond Occidentalism, Routledge 2016 and co-editor (with A. Amelina, A. Weiß, and G. Bongaerts) of “Theorizing Society Across Borders: Globality, Transnationality, Postcoloniality”, Current Sociology special issue 2021. Her co-authored book “Creolizing the Modern. Transylvania Across Empires” (with Anca Parvulescu) is forthcoming in 2022.

Diego Falconí

is a Human Rights lawyer, as well as a PhD in Comparative Literature. He is an associate lecturer in the Spanish Department at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and an associate professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, School of Law. He is the co-director of the research group Intertextos: entre el derecho y la literatura and the Chief Editor of Iuris Dictio Law Review. His research interests are Queer/cuir and Gender studies, Decolonial thinking, Andean Literatures, and Law and Literature studies, on which subjects he has been well published. His literary essay, "De las cenizas al texto. Literaturas andinas de las disidencias sexuales" was awarded Best Essay in 2016, by Casa de las Américas in Cuba.

Mary (Polly) Gannon

is Director of Cultural Studies at NYI. Her interests include translation theory, comparative literature and poetry, women's literature, and film studies. She teaches courses in Cultural Studies and Translation and specializes in literary translation.  Her translation of Podstrochnik (Word for Word) by Lilianna Lungina, with Oleg Dorman, is forthcoming from Overlook Publishers.  She holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from Cornell University.


Amelia Glaser

is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego, where she teaches courses in, among other things, Russian literature and translation studies. She is the author of Jews and Ukrainians in Russia’s Literary Borderlands (Northwestern UP, 2012) and Songs in Dark Times: Yiddish Poetry of Struggle from Scottsboro to Palestine (Harvard UP, 2020) and the editor of many additional articles, edited volumes, and original translations including "Proletpen: America's Rebel Yiddish Poets" (U. Wisconsin Press, 2005).  She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford. 


Amir Husak

is a documentary media maker, artist and educator based in Brooklyn. Combining emergent and traditional media, essay and experimental techniques, his work explores documentary as social practice and investigates digital media representations of history and memory. Husak’s films and interactive projects have been screened and exhibited at South by Southwest (US), Sundance Film Festival (US), Cinemateca Distrital (Colombia), Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Stadtmuseum Graz (Austria), and POV/PBS (US), among others. He is Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Documentary Media Studies Graduate Certificate at The New School in New York.


Nikolay Karkov

is an associate professor in Philosophy and an affiliated faculty member in Africana Studies at SUNY Cortland. His interests probe the leftist traditions of Eastern Europe, including under state socialism, and he also explores how coloniality and racial capitalism travel in the region, with an eye to collaborative possibilities between Eastern Europe and the global South. He has published texts on postcoloniality in Eastern Europe, Marxist theory, and translating radical theory in a post-socialist context, among others. He has also co-edited special issues on decolonial thought, Southeast European socialist feminism, and socialist modernity and the Global South.  He holds a PhD in philosophy from Binghamton University.


Barbara LeSavoy

is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Women and Gender Studies, at SUNY Brockport. Her research involves women’s global human rights, identity politics in literature and popular culture, and historical to contemporary perspectives on women’s rights. Her most recent scholarship includes a coauthored book chapter on Seneca Falls and a Politics of Relation,, and a forthcoming article on Technologies of Affect in Memorializing Holocaust Trauma. She is recipient of the SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching and Brockport President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  She holds a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on Women in Education from the University at Buffalo.


Fernando Loffredo

teaches Hispanic and Colonial Visual Culture at SUNY Stony Brook. His primary research interests are trans-Mediterranean artistic relations, sculpture and the urban space, and the dialogues between art and poetry in the early modern world, with a particular focus on the Spanish Empire. Besides his academic activity, he has collaborated with different museums such as the Met, the Louvre, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Before coming to SUNY Stony Brook, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at CASVA (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Leah Lowe

is Associate Professor of Theatre, Drama and Dramturgy, and Department Chair at Vanderbilt University where she teaches classes in directing and in creating original performance work. She directs plays professionally in Nashville and beyond. She particularly enjoys collaborating with playwrights and actors on the development of new texts. Her scholarly research interests include contemporary American drama, nineteenth century American audience cultures, and performance art. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from The Florida State University School of Theater.


Gary Marker

is Professor of History at Stony Brook University. His interests include Russian History (seventeenth century to the present), cultural history, history of printing and reading. He is the author of Days of A Russian Noblewoman: The Memories of Anna Labzina (2001) and numerous edited volumes and scholarly articles. He holds a PhD History from the University of California at Berkeley.


James McFarland

was educated at Oberlin College, the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Princeton University, and has taught at Connecticut College and Vanderbilt University, where he is an Associate Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts. He has worked on Weimar and Frankfurt School cultural criticism, the image of the flesh-eating zombie, and contemporary philological practice. He is the co-editor of The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs, vol 6 of the new Critical Edition of Hannah Arendt’s Works, and author of Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History. He participated in several earlier incarnations of the New York Institute (2007-2009).


Rita Nezami

teaches in the Writing & Rhetoric Program at SUNY-Stony Brook where she focuses on global issues, visual rhetoric, the personal essay, and postcolonial Anglophone and Francophone literatures.
     Educated in London, Moscow, Barcelona and Paris, Nezami earned her PhD in literature from the University of Texas at Dallas. Speaking seven languages and translating from four, she has taught languages and international literature for more than 20 years.
     Nezami received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russian language and literature from Moscow State University.

Tanja Petrović

is professor for Cultural Studies and head of the Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She is interested in uses and meanings of socialist and Yugoslav legacy in post-Yugoslav societies, as well as in cultural, linguistic, political, and social processes that shape reality of these societies. She is the author of Yuropa: Yugoslav Legacy and the Politics of the Future in Post-Yugoslav Societies and a number of monographs and essays on linguistic and cultural identities and processes in the former Yugoslav societies. She holds a PhD in linguistic anthropology from the Ljubljana Postgraduate School of Humanities.


Giovanni Picker

is a sociologist and an urbanist, and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow. His work looks at the relations between race, colonialism and cities. His empirical focus is on Europe, and theoretically he feels at home with Race Critical Theories, Global and Historical Sociology, and ethnographic theories. His first monograph was entitled Racial Cities: Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe (Routledge 2017), and he is currently working on a second one entitled Planning White Europe, on urban planning and whiteness.  


Joseph M. Pierce

is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. He is the author of Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910 (SUNY Press, 2019) and co-editor of Políticas del amor: Derechos sexuales y escrituras disidentes en el Cono Sur (Cuarto Propio, 2018) as well as the special issue of GLQ, “Queer/Cuir Américas: Translation, Decoloniality, and the Incommensurable.” Along with SJ Norman (Koori, Wiradjuri descent) he is co-curator of the indigenous-led performance series Knowledge of Wounds. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.


Aishah Scott

is an expert in Public Health and African American History at Providence College. She is working on a book manuscript entitled “Respectability Can’t Save You: The AIDS Epidemic in Black America.” This work explores the impact of HIV/AIDS in the African American community and the role of “respectability politics” on state and community leaders from 1980-2010. She addresses how several forces shaped the national, local, and community responses to the epidemic. She is an advocate for social justice and closing gaps in healthcare for underrepresented communities.

Razvan Sibii

is a Senior Lecturer in the Journalism Department at UMass, Amherst. Originally from Romania, he holds a BA in Journalism from the American University in Bulgaria and a Master’s and Communication from UMass Amherst. He has been teaching UMass Journalism and Honors courses (including International Journalism) since 2003. He has taught Intro to Journalism workshops in Hampshire County Jail, as well as a fully credited, mixed-student Social Justice Journalism class. He publishes a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.) about immigration and incarceration, and write a bimonthly Romanian-language newsletter about all things America.

Ivan Sokolov

is a PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an MA in American Studies from St Petersburg State University and is a three-time NYI-alumnus. He is a poet, as well as a translator and scholar. His dissertation focuses on the St Petersburg literature of the 1990s, but his other interests include the novels of Konstantin Vaginov, Friedrich Nietzsche’s doctrine of “the eternal recurrence of the same,” the problem of error in art, and American “Language” poetry. In 2020, Sokolov curated an international festschrift for the centennial of Paul Celan.

Yalile Suriel

is a PhD Candidate in the History Department at Stony Brook University. Her work examines the intersections between mass incarceration and higher education. Yalile is finishing up her dissertation entitled: “Campus Eyes: University Surveillance and the Policing of Black and Latinx Student Activism in the Age of Mass Incarceration, 1960-1990.”  She starts in the Fall at the University oif Minnesota as Assistant Professor of History. 


Javier Uriarte

is Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. He is the author of The Desertmakers: Travel, War, and the State in Latin America (Routledge, 2020), and the co-editor of Entre el humo y la niebla: Guerra y cultura en América Latina (2016) and Intimate Frontiers: A Literary Geography of the Amazon (2019). He specializes in Latin American culture of the 19th and 20th centuries. His research interests include travel narratives, spatial imagination in Latin America, theories of space and place, the Amazon, war and representation, and environmental humanities.